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 (săk-sĭk′ə-ləs) also sax·ic·o·line (-līn′)
Growing on or living among rocks: saxicolous lichens.

[Latin saxum, stone; see sek- in Indo-European roots + -colous.]
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(Biology) living on or among rocks: saxicolous plants. Also: saxicole or saxatile
[C19: from New Latin saxicolus, from Latin saxum rock + colere to dwell]
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Adj.1.saxicolous - growing on or living among rocks
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Type: Brazil, Minas Gerais, Itabirinha de Mantena, Serra do Pitengo, Pedra da Baleia, saxicolous, ca.
The Lecanora polytropa group is a poorly understood group of very polymorphic saxicolous taxa (very rarely found on lignum).
"Diversity and ecology of saxicolous vegetation mats on the inselbergs in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest." Divers.
New records of threatened or rare saxicolous bryophytes in the mountains of Portugal.
When this species lives in full sun and has a rupicolous habit, it becomes extremely reduced with an average 2 cm length leave (Figure 4), although when it grows in areas with less luminosity and with saxicolous habit it can grow ten times larger.
The plant is epiphytic in moist forests but also saxicolous on dry cliffs and is very widespread, ranging from Mexico to Peru.
Saxicolous lichen diversity on quartzite stony grounds in Cabaneros National Park.
The members of this genus are rupicolous, saxicolous, or terrestrial, frequently found in open places that have much light and dry soil, on top of the rocky outcrops of the grasslands of rocky soils in the Espinhaco Range, in the scarps of the Atlantic Rainforest or in the domains of the Caatinga (Smith and Downs 1979)
Lecania fructigena Zahlbr., a coastal saxicolous lichen, new for Europe, with notes on related species.
Plant terrestrial or saxicolous, rosulate herbs, forming large colonies, flowering 0.80-1.6 m tall, the rosettes actinomorphic to slightly zygomorphic in mature plants, 40-80 cm diameter.
Threatened lichens in central Spain (saxicolous species excluded).